Teenagers

Teenagers are at a crossroads in life, the vulnerable space between childhood and adulthood. Raising teenagers to be kind, wise, and motivated people is a daunting task, but one that loving parents take on with gusto. Sharing stories about teenagers is a great way to learn from others' experiences, and share your own insights on this important process.

First day of high school

First Day of High School

A mom reflects on a son's road to adulthood.

A mother bears sadness as she cares for her daughter.

When It’s Okay to Be Sad

A mother willingly bears sadness as she cares for her daughter.

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How to begin again on a bad day.

How Faith Can Reboot a Bad Day

When your week gets off to a rough start, begin again with the calming influence of prayer.

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Andrea Freidenthaler with grandson Devon

She Learned to Let Go and Let God Help Her Addicted Grandson

Both her adult son and his son, whom she adopted, struggled with substance abuse. Was her approach to parenting in some way enabling?

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How forgiveness and parenting work together.

How Parenting and Forgiveness Work Together

Forgiveness is about my heart, while parenting is about shaping the heart of my daughter.

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Stuck in traffic.

Stress Isn’t Forever

A traffic jam isn’t forever; uncertainty isn’t forever; even suffering isn’t forever.

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father playing with son at home on spring break

5 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids on Spring Break

Make a week out of school more than just watching TV with these fun ideas for bonding with your kids.

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Treating yourself with compassion during Lent

Giving Up Self-Criticism for Lent

Learning to see yourself through God's eyes–as loving, worthy and deserving of compassion

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Putting a lid on fear and anger

Putting a Lid on Fear and Anger

A pause and a prayer help a mom deal with a tense situation.

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Close call while on a bicycle.

A Close Call and a Heart Full of Thanks

A mom finds lots to be thankful for after her teenaged son’s spill from a bike in the middle of New York City traffic.

Laura Boggs and her daughter Maggie

Snark No More: She Gave Up Sarcasm for Lent

A woman who too often turned to sarcastic judgement of other people shares how her daughter convinced her to give up "snark" for Lent. Look for Laura's story in the March 2017 edition of Guideposts.

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Teenage boy enjoying the weather outdoors

Top Summer Jobs for Teens

These helpful tips catered to your teen will land them the perfect summer job.

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Pray for the one who angers you.

Pray for the One Who Angers You

A mother's Monday morning response to a moody teen

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What to say to an angry teenager.

Dealing with a Teenage Meltdown

A mom's wise counsel for a son who lashes out in anger

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